An exciting tour filled with culture, biblical teaching, and fellowship. Even if you have been to Greece before, our tour will open new insights into the Apostle Paul and how his ministry got started in Europe. Our tour will be led by Dr. Gene and Gay Rudd.
Tour Package Includes
- All first-class hotel arrangements from Tuesday’s arrival through departure (based on double occupancy)
- All land transportation after arrival from the U.S. (excludes airport shuttle to the hotel on the day of arrival and from hotel on day of departure)
- Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) – beginning with dinner on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure
- All archeological site fees
- All professional tour guide services
|Tour Only||Tour and Extension|
- Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2020
- Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH) on January 28 or 30, 2020 if staying for the extension
Recommended Travel Agency
World Travel Service, Inc.
Agent: Judy Rouse
Direct Number: 865-777-1622
Visas and Passports
No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Greece as a tourist. G3Visas and Passports can assist with passport procurement.
For a detailed itinerary, click on the “Schedule” link in the right column.
The activity level for this tour is “moderately strenuous.” You should be able to walk several miles on uneven terrain without difficulty. If you have mobility issues, this tour may not be for you. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hodge before registering.
Cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the Christian Medical & Dental Associations at the address below or by email.
Cancelation charges will be assessed as follows:
|Before or on October 1, 2019||Full Refund|
|October 15 – November 14, 2019||$250 per person|
|November 15 – 30, 2019||$500 per person|
|December 1 – 15, 2019||$1,000 per person|
|On or after December 16, 2019||No Refund|
Kim Hodge Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.
8-Day Greece Vision Tour plus Extension Including One-Day Greek Isle Cruise and Extra Day in Athens
Monday, January 20, 2020
Depart from the U.S.
Tuesday, January 21
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.
Wednesday, January 22
Visit Philippi and Neapolis (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/philipi.htm)
- In Philippi, Paul preached to women gathered at the river. His letter to the Philippians was addressed to the local Christians 14 years after his first visit to the area.
- Visit the river where Paul baptized Lydia, a purple fabric merchant who became the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil.
- See a crypt, which may have been the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned.
- Another point of interest is the ancient Roman Agora built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in Acts as the place where Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon-possessed girl.
- You will also see the Basilicas and the Greek Theatre (4th century BC), which was converted into an arena by the Romans and used during the persecutions of the early days of the church.
Visit Neapolis (present day Kavala)
- Paul arrived in this city with Timothy and Silas.
- This is Greece’s most picturesque mainland port.
- On the way back to Thessaloniki, you will see the remains of the ancient famous road Via Egnatia. You will pass by the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia which are mentioned in Acts.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.
Thursday, January 23
- This recently discovered site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
- Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians.
- You can visit the Roman Agora (Forum), the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Saint Demetrios.
- You will also see the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great and the remains of the Palace Complex of Galerius (late 3rd century AD), as well as the City Walls and the Great Gate which connect the city with Via Egnatia, the transcontinental east-west road of the Roman Empire built in the 2nd century BC.
Visit Veria (ancient Berea)
- This is the location where Paul visited and preached in the Jewish synagogue to the Greek nobility. You will see the Jewish quarter where the synagogue is still located today.
- A monument within the city is dedicated to the apostle Paul.
Visit the site of Vergina (http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Museums/Archaeological_and_Byzantine/Arx_Bas_Tafoi_Berginas.html)
- This recently discovered archaeological site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
- Visit the grave of Philip the 2nd, the father of Alexander the Great, which was found intact.
Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Meteora.
Friday, January 24
Visit Meteora monasteries
Visit the Meteora monasteries
- Located at the top of exotic rocks, this is a tremendous introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church
Travel to Delphi for dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Amalia.
Saturday, January 25
Visit Delphi (https://sacredsites.com/europe/greece/delphi.html)
- Visit the center of the Ancient Greek Universe connected with the worship of Apollo.
- After lunch we drive to Athens
Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens (or similar).
Sunday, January 26
- Visit the world-renowned hill of Acropolis. Special emphasis will be on the visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers. You will also visit the Ancient Agora (forum where Paul met the Philosophers), the Stoa of Attalus and the Temple of Hephaestus.
- There will be free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flea Market of Athens.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens
Monday, January 27
- This is the city where Paul stayed for one and a half years during his first visit. He wrote at least four letters addressed to the church of Corinth, as well as at least three epistles addressed to the first Christians in Rome, Thessaloniki and Galatia.
- You will visit the archaeological museum, the Ancient Agora and the Bema where Paul stood in front of Gallio, the Roman Pro- Consul of Achaea.
- You will also enjoy seeing the Temple of Apollo and the Hill of Acrocorinth, where during the time of classical Greece used to be the famous Temple of Aphrodite.
Dinner at CosmoVision Center and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens
Tuesday, January 28
For those not staying for the extension, you will check out of your hotel and take a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home.
Tuesday, January 28
One-Day Cruise (https://www.onedaycruise.gr)
- After an early breakfast, travel to the port and embark for a one-day cruise to three Greek Islands.
- Enjoy lunch on the boat
Return for dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens
Wednesday, January 29
- Free time to explore Athens on your own.
- After lunch visit the National Museum of Athens and take an afternoon visit to the majestic Sounio Cape to enjoy the sunset
Thursday, January 30
Take a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home